Student Groups

The Harvard Energy and Environment Network (HEEN)

The Harvard Energy and Environment Network (HEEN) facilitates communication, collaboration and interaction between environmental and energy groups at each of Harvard's schools. The network does not take formal positions on energy and environment policies or advocate particular stances, but rather provides a platform for the efficient and productive exchange of ideas, projects and events.

Leadership: Benjamin Fine and Sandra Ray

HBS Energy and Environment Club

The Energy and Environment Club aims to develop the next generation of leaders in the Energy & Environment sectors by providing a forum for education on energy- and environment-related issues, and by serving as the main facilitator for communication between the Harvard Business School community and the E&E sectors. The club covers a wide range of topics including Conventional Energy, Clean Energy, Sustainability and Environmental Conservation and hosts an annual Energy Symposium every autumn.

Leadership: Taylor Lane and Joseph Santo

GSD Climate Governance Initiative 

The Climate Governance Initiative works to create a space for students across campus to engage with climate governance from spatial, legal, political, economic, and behavioral perspectives. We create events and projects that engage with challenges like climate refugees, coastal retreat, post-disaster recovery, regional and national policy, global governance, and the role of cities and regions in climate action.

Leadership: Sanjay Seth

GSD Ecological Thinking Group

Given the current sense of urgency under the prospect of planetary environmental degradation, ecology has risen to the forefront not only as an academic field but as a way of thinking. As such, it has permeated areas beyond the natural sciences. As a result, the last 20 years have seen an unfolding of ecology into novel fields as diverse as industrial ecology, urban political ecology, or ecological economics. Design has not been the exception. Under the banners of sustainable, green, or environmentally friendly, ecology has become central in the agenda of design; yet ecology is not a smooth body of knowledge. Its various different strands do not always overlap and sometimes even stand in contradiction. The frictions and tensions inherent to ecological thinking are rarely questioned. This group provides a much needed space to critically question the implications of the incorporation of ecological knowledge in design, and how design in turn can shape ecology.

Leadership: Daniel Daou

Harvard College Engineering Society (HCES)

The Harvard College Engineering Society is a student-run organization at Harvard College aimed at promoting engineering and cross-disciplinary collaboration on campus through participating in competitions and working on various engineering projects, as well as serving as a resource for undergraduate engineers at Harvard.


The Harvard College Environmental Action Committee (EAC)

The Harvard College Environmental Action Committee seeks to help achieve a sustainable world and protect the environment for its human and non-human inhabitants. To this end, the EAC aims to raise the consciousness of Harvard's students to the effect of their own actions on the environment and to their status as stewards of this planet's resources. We advocate specific changes at the campus, local, national, and international levels. Furthermore, we serve as a forum for discussion and a source of information on environmental issues. Finally, we seek to enrich our members through fun and fulfilling experiences. General Board Meetings are Wednesdays from 8-9 pm in the Quincy Spindell Room.

Contact: Naomi Asimow

Harvard College Global Energy Initiative

GEI aims to promote energy education and awareness throughout the Harvard undergraduate community through an energy innovation speaker series, campus outreach, and meaningful partnerships with a diverse set of other student organizations. We hope to provide students interested in energy a forum to connect with one another. In addition, we hope to provide students interested in energy a unique opportunity to collectively work on energy projects that have real impact, particularly through sustainable energy deployment projects in the developing world

Contact: Katie Schluntz and Jacob Meyerson

The Harvard Energy Journal Club (HEJC)

A weekly journal club to facilitate discussion and understanding of the technical details of energy technology and energy economics. Each session, members will discuss subjects relevant to the science, technology, or economics of energy. HEJC's primary purpose is not to discuss policy issues, but rather it is to enable its members to develop the necessary technical background to better understand energy issues and policy. We cover a broad range of topics including:

1. Depletable resources: Oil, Natural Gas, Coal, Nuclear, etc.

2. Renewable resources: Solar, Hydro, Wind, Biomass/Biofuels, Wave, Tidal, Geothermal, etc.

3. Applications: Clean Coal, CO2 Capture, Synthetic Fuels, Gasification, Fuel cells, Photovoltaic Cells, the Electric Grid, Energy Storage, etc.

Discussions are held every Thursday from 12:30 to 1:30 PM in the Harvard University Center for the Environment Seminar Room and are open to all members of the Harvard and surrounding community.

Contact: Christina Chang; Daniel Pollack 

The Harvard Environmental Law Society

The Harvard Environmental Law Society (HELS) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization directed and staffed by students at Harvard Law School. HELS provides students with hands-on exposure to the numerous issues in law, policy, science and management that confront professionals in the field of environmental law. Members participate in conferences, host speakers, take trips and collaborate with groups throughout the University and the world in their effort to address environmental issues.

Contacts: Harrison Hodgin and Gina Angiolillo

Harvard Extension Environmental Club

Established in 2004, The Harvard Extension Environmental Club (H.E.E.C.--better known as The EC) is a club made up of students and alumni of the Environmental Management Program at the Harvard University Extension School. The EC mission is to provide a network and connection to the Harvard University community at large by organizing social and environmental activities. The club's activities include guest lectures, career network socials, field trips, site visits and participation in Earth Day and the Charles River Clean up efforts. The EC has strong support from the Environmental Management Faculty and Teaching Fellows. With this support and partnership in place, The EC looks to provide support to all students that are looking to further their education towards a more sustainable environment for future generations.

Contact: Thomas Kunkel and John Walters 

HSPH Sustainability & Health Student Forum

The Sustainability & Health Student Forum at the Harvard Chan School is a student organization whose mission is to provide public health students a platform for discourse and action on addressing pressing challenges facing the health of people and planet, from climate change and urbanization, to energy and food security, to migration and green healthcare.


  • To provide a dynamic space for meaningful discussions and debates around current and emerging issues on sustainability and health
  • To enable students to share latest knowledge, skills, and practices vital for sustainability and health
  • To serve as a venue for advocacy around the nexus of health and sustainability
  • To develop collaborative research and implementation projects that examine and address challenges at the heart of sustainability and health

Contacts: Renzo Guinto

Resource Efficiency Program (REP)

The Resource Efficiency Program (REP) employs undergraduate students to be representatives (REP Reps) to their peers in their dorms and houses. These students educate their peers on environmental issues while advocating for pragmatic environmental efforts, such as changing incandescent light bulbs for florescent bulbs, double-sided printing, and reducing food waste. The program also works with the administration to make sustainable changes in their facilities and operations. The REP program is available to students at Harvard College, Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School but welcomes outside volunteers to participate in REP activities and campaigns.

Contact: Kelsey Grab

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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